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Research Interests:

My main research and teaching interests are in the ecology and conservation of marine systems, with a particular focus on marine top predators. For over twenty years, my group’s research has focused on understanding how natural and anthropogenic environmental change influences the behaviour and dynamics of marine mammals and seabirds. This work has been underpinned by the development and maintenance of long-term individual based studies of harbour seal, bottlenose dolphin and fulmar populations in the North of Scotland, with comparative studies conducted at a range of overseas sites across the North Atlantic, North Pacific and South America. A key aim of the work has been to directly support regional conservation and management programmes, and through this to develop generic understanding and best practice case studies that provide insights into marine resource management issues elsewhere in the world.

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Research Output 1991 2019

Age-length relationships in UK harbour seals during a period of population decline

Hall, A. J., Mackey, B., Kershaw, J. L. & Thompson, P., Sep 2019, In : Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. 29, S1, p. 61-70 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Phoca vitulina
population decline

Breeding status influences timing but not duration of moult in the Northern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis

Grissot, A., Graham, I. M., Quinn, L., Brathen, V. S. & Thompson, P. M., 7 Mar 2019, In : Ibis.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

3 Citations (Scopus)

Changing distribution of the east coast of Scotland bottlenose dolphin population and the challenges of area‐based management

Arso Civil, M., Quick, N. J., Cheney, B., Pirotta, E., Thompson, P. M. & Hammond, P. S., Sep 2019, In : Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. 29, S1, p. 178-196 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Tursiops truncatus

Distribution maps of cetacean and seabird populations in the North-East Atlantic

Waggitt, J. J., Evans, P. G. H., Andrade, J., Banks, A. N., Boisseau, O., Bolton, M., Bradbury, G., Brereton, T., Camphuysen, C. J., Durinck, J., Felce, T., Fijn, R. C., Garcia-Baron, I., Garthe, S., Geelhoed, S. C. V., Gilles, A., Goodhall, M., Haelters, J., Hamilton, S., Hartny-Mills, L. & 26 others, Hodgins, N., James, K., Jessopp, M., Kavanagh, A. S., Leopold, M., Lohrengel, K., Louzao, M., Markones, N., Martinez-Cediera, J., O'Cadhla, O., Perry, S. L., Pierce, G. J., Ridoux, V., Robinson, K. P., Santos, M. B., Saavedra, C., Skov, H., Stienen, E. W. M., Sveegaard, S., Thompson, P., Vanermen, N., Wall, D., Webb, A., Wilson, J., Wanless, S. & Hiddink, J. G., 10 Dec 2019, In : Journal of Applied Ecology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Citations (Scopus)
4 Downloads (Pure)

Effects of impulsive noise on marine mammals: investigating range-dependent risk

Hastie, G., Merchant, N. D., Götz, T., Russell, D. J. F., Thompson, P. & Janik, V. M., 1 Jul 2019, In : Ecological Applications. 29, 5, 10 p., e01906.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
marine mammal
pile driving
underwater noise


Variations in age- and sex-specific survival rates help explain population trend in a discrete marine mammal population

Arso Civil, M. (Creator), Cheney, B. (Creator), Quick, N. J. (Creator), Islas-Villanueva, V. (Creator), Graves, J. A. (Creator), Janik, V. M. (Creator), Thompson, P. (Creator), Hammond, P. S. (Creator), Dryad Digital Repository, 19 Dec 2018


Integrating passive acoustic and visual data to model spatial patterns of occurrence in coastal dolphins

Thompson, P. (Creator), Brookes, K. L. (Creator), Cordes, L. (Creator), Dryad Digital Repository, 11 Jul 2014


Echolocation detections and digital video surveys provide reliable estimates of the relative density of harbour porpoises

Williamson, L. D. (Creator), Kate L., B. (Creator), Scott, B. (Creator), Graham, I. (Creator), Bradbury, G. (Creator), Hammond, P. S. (Creator), Thompson, P. (Creator), Dryad Digital Repository, 26 Jan 2016



Marsh Award for Marine and Freshwater Conservation

Paul Michael Thompson (Recipient), 22 Jun 2016

Prize: Awards, Medals, Prizes and Distinctions

freshwater ecosystem
freshwater conservation


Impacts of offshore energy developments

Paul Thompson (Coordinator), Philip S. Hammond (Coordinator), David Lusseau (Coordinator), D L Borchers (Coordinator), Gordon Hastie (Coordinator)

Impact: Quality of life Impacts